With its growing number of eclectic eateries Vancouver has been putting itself on the map as a foodie destination. When the public health order forced restaurants to close their doors and kitchens some of our great local restaurants had to shut down for good. Now that dining rooms are beginning to reopen, it’s more important than ever to continue supporting these local businesses. Limited seating, shorter hours, social distancing, and masks have changed the experience of dining out—but we can still enjoy the same delicious menu offerings!

Instead of the bigger chains, consider this list of some of our best local spots for your brunch, lunch, or dinner when you don’t want to cook, or for a special occasion, or have a friends and family group that a restaurant dining room can’t accommodate under Phase II rules. Some places are even offering specialty food, beverages, and grocery items now for one stop convenience so that you can skip a trip to the store too!

C’est La Vie French Café & Creperie
1307 NE 78th St, Vancouver
This French-inspired café began as a small creperie at the Vancouver Farmers Market and has grown to become an oasis for French cuisine with a large market and a rotating menu of delectable take-and-bake entrees, grab and go gourmet foods, cheese, charcuterie boxes, produce, pantry staples, and wine. Find current hours and menu offerings at www.soireesupperclub.com and on Facebook: @cest.la.vie.vancouver or call them at 360-553-5836.

Bleu Door Bakery
2411 Main St, Vancouver
A favorite local breakfast, brunch and lunch spot is in Vancouver’s Uptown Village with a rotating menu of breads, pastries, artisan sandwiches, quiches, and soups all made fresh every day. They are proud to source ingredients from local growers. Due to the owner’s vegan diet, the menu has several vegan options such as vegan Caesar salad and harvest hash, as well as menu items which can be made vegan on request. The app for their Express Window makes ordering and pickup easy. Text BLEUBAKE to 33733 to get the download link or visit their grab and go display case. Visit bleudoorbakery.com or call 360-693-2538 for updates and hours.

La Bottega
1905 Main St, Vancouver
Find an authentic yet original Italian deli and neighborhood market experience here with tantalizing choices of pastas, salads, antipasto, breads, fine wines, desserts, and more. As well as their rotating menu of fresh selections and frozen heat & serve entrees, their take-out and delivery service has now expanded to include retail grocery items from their deli and wine shop as well as expanded retail selections of fresh produce, dairy, flour, oils, gloves, and paper products. Order by phone 360-571-5010 or at the counter. Go to www.labottegafoods.com for updates and hours.

The Mighty Bowl/Moo Burgers
108 W 8th St, Vancouver
For a number of years now The Mighty Bowl has been serving up gluten-free “plant forward” cuisine in the form of tasty bowls, wraps, and house made sauces all made with simple ingredients to create the wholesome real food which is their mission. Vegans who crave a juicy burger without the moo will rejoice to learn that on Friday and Saturday nights, The Mighty Bowl’s downtown Vancouver storefront location turns into a gourmet vegan burger joint offering Impossible burgers dressed up with habanero pineapple sauce, vegan ranch, or roasted garlic aioli and baked shoestring fries on the side. Order online at www.themightybowl.com and find food truck locations for your lunch time cravings.

Little Conejo
114 W 6th St, Vancouver
What began as a love for mezcal has brought Vancouver one of its most authentic taquerias that takes Taco Tuesday to a whole new level. In addition to a mouth-watering array of a la carte gourmet tacos and tortas, they are now offering family style taco kits to feed 2-4 people. Taco kits include a choice of protein or veggie taco fillings, plus ten homemade corn tortillas, onions, cilantro, and salsas. And you can even get your mezcal and margaritas to go! Go to their ordering site for current offerings then order online at www.littleconejo.com. Call 360-718-2633 when you arrive and they’ll bring your meal out to the curb.

La Sorrentina
3000 SE 164th Ave, Suite 107, Vancouver
Chef Matsumoto brought the west side of Vancouver one of its first pizza food trucks offering his own creations based on the 1,000 year old recipe for authentic southern Italian-style pizzas and calzones. Now La Sorrentina has expanded to a storefront on the east side of town with a full Italian dining experience of pastas, Italian tomato dumplings, antipasti and salads. All pizzas are available gluten-free. Call 360-314-4447 to order for pickup and curbside take out. Check out www.lasorrentinavw.com for updates, hours, and current menu.

Chutneys
3000 SE 164th Ave, Suite 100, Vancouver
Those who say there isn’t enough Indian food in Vancouver will be glad to know where to find this well-reviewed, family owned outpost for premium Indian cuisine offering an extensive menu of authentic selections from lamb vindaloo to vegetable korma. This restaurant is a proud participant of Clark County Community Supported Agriculture. Call 360-254-7254 to place an order for pick up. Find the menu, hours, and updates at www.chutneysvancouver.net.

While food delivery apps are convenient, try to order directly from these local restaurants whenever you can so that they can retain all the profits from your order.